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I didn't put my name in for this, but here goes.<br><br>
1. Why do you run?<br><br>
I’ve been running off and on since high school. I didn’t know that I was a distance runner until the whole track and field team went along with our cross country runners for a “jog”. I found myself keeping up with them while the other members of the track and field team faded away. I knew then I’d found my sport.<br><br>
I run for many reasons. Of course most of them are already mentioned here. For the physical and mental benefits, but also for something more, those reasons are usually found when you’re gutting it out during a rain storm at mile 13. Running pushes me to the limits, makes me dig a little more.<br><br>
A few years back my mother was in the hospital, it didn’t look like she was going to come out either. When these types of situations hit you, you end up pondering aspects of your life. I came to the realization that life was too short and that I needed to get on with it and challenge myself. I found a lot of those challenges with running.<br><br>
2. What is your greatest accomplishment?<br><br>
I guess my greatest accomplishment to date has been that I have learned to alter my behaviour. I learned that it’s difficult to be able to look at yourself objectively and see the flaws and then do something about them. I learned that it’s far easier to not do anything about your short comings but then there's no growth or development. I learned that I didn’t have to become my father and it was OK to tell my kids that I love them, everyday. If there is one thing that I leave in this world once it’s done with me, it’s that my family will know that I loved them very much.<br><br>
3. What is your motto/theme song?<br><br>
Motto: “So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and don’t even know we have the keys” ~ The Eagles<br><br>
Collective Soul ~ Run<br>
Van Morrison ~ Into the Mystic<br><br>
4. How do you deal with bad runs?<br><br>
At the moment? I deal with it quite well, considering I’ve only managed to lace up about three times within the last two years. Back injuries suck, but it’s a slow healing process.<br><br>
5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?<br><br>
I can only answer this question with a link to an article I submitted to the Kickrunner’s front page. It’s about one of my favourite runs in Cypress Hills and my thoughts on the run afterwards. <a href="http://www.kickrunners.com/index.php?pageid=torque" target="_blank">http://www.kickrunners.com/index.php?pageid=torque</a><br><br>
6. Who do you admire most?<br><br>
I admire my wife the most. She is one of the strongest individuals I have ever met. Her resolve is something that I admire greatly and a trait I have seen passed along to my kids. She moved away from home at an early age, moved across the country on her own, completed high school while working a part time job; put her through university to come out with a first class honours degree. I respect her greatly. What she’s doing with me I’ll never understand. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/razz.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Razz"><br><br>
7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?<br><br>
“To be strong, you need to let people do things for you at times of need”<br><br>
I received this advice from a very dear friend of mine. It took me all of 41 years to understand this.<br><br>
8. What do wish you had learned younger?<br><br>
You don’t need to go through life feeling you have to fit in everywhere.<br><br><br>
9. What do you wish you could do but can't?<br><br>
At the moment, I wish I could run as far as I could a few years ago or as intensely. That old saying, “You never know what you have until it’s gone” is so true.<br><br>
10. How would your friends describe your personality?<br><br>
Not to sure about this one. I think it’s difficult to pigeon hole me into a certain personality. I guess I run the whole gambit when it comes to my personality.<br><br>
11. What do you wear running? favorite outfit?<br><br>
Whatever isn’t too stinky.<br><br>
12. What has been your favorite race?<br><br>
I would have to say the Red Deer International Marathon would have been my favourite. I learned a lot about myself from that race. The conditions were horrendous and I nearly contracted hypothermia. A good friend surprised me by traveling a good distance from home in adverse conditions just to run the last couple of kilometers with me. I fell into my wife’s arms completely exhausted and in tears. Sometimes I still get choked up thinking of that race.<br><br>
13. Do you have a goal race right now?<br><br>
Nothing at the moment, still tending to the back injury. But someday I would like to complete an Iron man.<br><br>
14. What makes you happy?<br><br>
Time spent with my family. Some people may not think spending most of your weekends in an ice rink watching your kids play hockey or ringette as something that is appealing, but to me, its heaven.<br><br>
15. Tell us one interesting thing about you that you haven't said (at least not often) on this forum in the past.<br><br>
My wife and I have held many volunteer positions over the years. We met when we were both victim advisors at the police department for 5 years, we moved on to become docents at our local zoo which lasted for 10 years, and now we’re presently at a wildlife rescue centre. Each volunteer position has given me more of an education than any institute ever could. The things I have been afforded to experience are ones I’ll cherish forever. The people I have met have been people with whom I’ve forged a lifetime friendship with…nothing like helping move a grizzly bear around for its annual physical, or coaxing a porcupine out of a storm sewer. If you’re ever in Vegas, go see the dolphins at the Mirage and say “Hi” to their trainer…she’s a good friend of mine and the one who taught me everything I know about raptor handling and training.<br><br><br>
16. Tell us one interesting thing about another user of this forum that has not been posted (at least not often) on this forum in the past (make sure the other person will not object to posting the info!).<br><br>
Sierra is as genuine as you can get. She’s very generous and doesn’t hesitate to help someone out.
 

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I really like this part:<br>
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. Who do you admire most?<br><br>
I admire my wife the most. She is one of the strongest individuals I have ever met. Her resolve is something that I admire greatly and a trait I have seen passed along to my kids. She moved away from home at an early age, moved across the country on her own, completed high school while working a part time job; put her through university to come out with a first class honours degree. I respect her greatly. What she’s doing with me I’ll never understand.<br>
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She sounds like quite a person.
 

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Thanks torque. It's good to get to know you a little better. Some good advise.<br><br>
And yes, Sierra is one of the coolest/warmest people I have ever met.
 

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I was wondering about this. A couple of weeks ago, I mailed off some wildlife rescue nests. Like these:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/images/Babies_in_crochet_nest.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
I was going to contact you and see if your organization needed such a thing as well...and what the speficications were. But I got shy...<br><br>
Do you? Need them...I mean.<br>
 

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Ooh, those are cute.<br><br>
Torque, I'd love to hear more wildlife stories. I hope you'll share some now that spring is nearly here.
 

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Those are awesome! I'm sure the wildlife centre could use them...I imagine it would fairly costly for you to send them though. What about the instructions how to make them? Are they difficult to make? I'm sure some of the more gifted volunteers could make some.
 

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They are amazingly easy and quick. It took me less than 20 minutes to make one about the size of the one in the picture. No, you just keep going around and around, basically, until you get the size you want.<br><br>
If you say "bowl" to anyone who crochets, they'll know what to do. The only catch is that you'll need to carry at least two to three strands together to get a tight enough weave so as not to lose tiny legs out the sides. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> It should be tightly enough stitched to stand up on its own.<br><br>
Let's leave it at this...if you can use them, I'll make and send them until it becomes cost prohibitive to me. K?
 

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What can I say but wonderful! Thank-you, and I"m sure the wildlife centre will appreciate them very much. I'll PM you with the details.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notworthy">
 

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Thanks Torque. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Always great to get to know fellow PRTers better!
 

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I love this! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Thanks
 

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Beautiful post, especially about your wife and your family. Thanks for sharing with us <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Great POTD!<br><br>
By the way, I <b>love</b> your new avatar!!!!!!!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Verrry interesting! ... I never knew you were Sam Elliot! .... His cousin or a brother ?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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My mustache is the only thing related to him. :p
 

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
 

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Don't worry! I'm not suggesting he do it, I'm just curious about what it would take. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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This starting to feel like a million dollar compromise.
 
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